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who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> urging americans to stay the course. first lady michelle obama makes her pitch for a second term for her husband. good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this wednesday, september 5th, 201. live look outside at 5:00 a.m. 77 lucky degrees. felt like a wall of humidity. walk right into it. >> whoosh. >> he felt the air. >> i walked right through it, too. >> cooled him off. >> he must have spritzed himself before hand. >> wow, yes, in the car. >> yeah. we've got a better chance of seeing rain throughout the area today. unfortunately, and then the other thing, too, the other part of story is that higher temperatures, too, around today, tomorrow, and friday. taking you back to 1:00 a.m. this morning. a few showers around front
royal. those who made their way off to the north and east, really falling apart if you're around baltimore, we've got more rain that sits back in west virginia. the other side of i-81. that's what's going to slowly be making its way eastward throughout the morning. i think by the time we get to mid morning, 8:00, 9:00 a.m., we will see those showers here locally and again just that showers for the area. nothing too heavy for the early part of the day. 79 degrees right now. high humidity. that's what's going to be sticking around all day today. even after i think the rain ends. we still have quite a bit of humidity. showers develop around 7:00, 8:00 a.m. 720 to 77 degrees. by noontime today, area of rain. some heavy already. 81 to 85. we're going to top out in the upper 80s today. cloudy sky. rain continuing. not really ending. good news taking the beltway. checking out road work set up first at prince george's county.
you have the right side blocked. completely gone at this time. also taking the beltway this time the outer loop approaching new hampshire avenue. the work zone there as you got closer to university boulevard, all of your lanes narrowed into just one right lane. you see here the cones are up and travel lanes are open. not bad on the outer loop. 59 miles per hour. ten minutes to get from i-95 to i-270. taking the rails, i'm checking them. no reported delays right now. along the metro, marc, or vre. eun, over to you. 5:02. first lady michelle obama has made her case for re-electi ini president obama. he was one of the opening speakers at the dnc. she told delegates how the president has helped our economy recover. she also spoke of what her husband stands for. >> to barack, these issues aren't political, they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family
struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have the same opportunity no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. >> the first lady never mentioned mitt romney or paul ryan in her speech. president sbm not in charlotte for the convention yet. he watched michelle obama's speech last night at the white house with his daughters malia and sasha. we are at the dnc. we have a review tonight. >> delegates tonight will hear from former president bill clint clinton. we'll also look tonight at something that has a number of people around here quite frustrated, the security and the awful hassle that it's created trying to get from one place to another. those stories and more coming up
tonight on news4. there was a historic moment at last night's dnc gathering. san antonio mayor castro became the first latino ever to deliver the key note address at a democratic national convention. castro told the crowd that our country's economy is on the road to recovery thanks to president obama. >> four years ago america stood on the brink of a depression, despite incredible odds and united republican opposition, our president took action and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs. he knows better than anyone that there's more hard work to do, but we're making progress and now we need to make a choice. it's a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so the millionaires can pay lessor a country where everybody pays their fair share so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. >> castro's twin brother you see
there introduced him last night. he is also a candidate for congress from texas. out of the balconiebalconie the streets. out of the balconiebalconies, i streets. >> the dnc is attracting protesters to charlotte. police detained demonstrators last night on the convention's opening day. the protesters are fighting for a number of causes, including immigration reform and affordable health care for veterans. the protests were peaceful for the most part yesterday. both parties fight over what's best for our economy, the nation's debt has passed a his or rick milestone. the treasury department says the national debt has gone above $16 trillion for the first time. republicans are blaming democrats, especially president obama, for letting the debt reach that level. in the day ahead, washington's airports authority will try to repair their image with new ethics rule. the group which is overseeing the metro silver line project has faced stiff scrutiny after a
report detailed lav vir travel spending and questionable contracts. today they hope to make those things a thing of the past with new limits on what members can spend on plane tickets and meals and new rules on disclosing conflicts of interests so that corrects are not handed out to former board members. a figure skating coach who competed in the 1988 olympic in calgary is behind bars in maryland. news4 spoke exclusively to his lawyer about the charges. 50-year-old gingrich teaches at the garden icehouse in laurel. new york police are not releasing a lot of details but they say the charges stem from an incident in lake placid last september. the city is a mecca for figure skating training and competitions. his lawyer tells us her client is facing sexual abuse charges. he will be held in the howard county jail until extradition hearing today. right now alexandria police are asking for your help to find a missing elderly man. david short suffers from
dementia and needs daily medication. he was reportedly on his way to virginia hospital center in arlington. police say he may also be somewhere in the gainesville area of prince william county trying to find a relative. short may be driving a 2006 silver or green honda crv with virginia plates kbk-6001. anyone with any information about short or his vehicle should contact police. it is 5:07. new proof that men and women truly do see things differently. also ahead, tracking new developments out of canada after someone starts shooting at a victory celebration. plus, why you're going to be waiting a while if you try to order a big mac at the newest mcdonald's restaurant. another rainy, humid start to your morning. storm team4 meteorologist
well, you won't find big macs and quarter pounders at a new mcdonald's restaurants. the biggest hamburger chain plans to open all vegetarian locations in india. mcdonald's says the menu there will cater to local tastes. it already separates its kitchens in india into vegetarian and nonvegetarian sections and does not sell beef or pork. they did not say when they will open or i guess what exactly they might serve.
>> i'd like to know what's on the menu. >> no beef. a lot of places that -- i was in nassau once and went into a starbucks and they didn't serve the marble loaf that i like because they just don't sell it there in the bahamas. >> a lot of indian restaurants offer vegetarian dishes anyway. i bet it's pretty good. i'd like to try. 11 minutes after 5:00 on this -- wednesday. >> veronica johnson is in storm center4. >> that's right, aaron. you have to know who your client is and cater to them. i know who you are. all right. we're in the mid and upper 70s across the area right now. here's a look at your hometown forecast. 76 degrees, 8:30, suitland, maryland, with showers developing. by noontime, 81. showers and stops around the area, anywhere from the mid to upper 80. still wet at 5:00 p.m. still a chance for rain tomorrow with a little heat. danella? >> veronica, still looking good
in our area. if you're traveling in the drit, check for accidents. all looks good if you're making your way around d.c. take a look right now if you're traveling route 50 in maryland from annapolis bridge as you make your way to the beltway. travel lanes are open. here's a live look for you at 50 and 301 westbound as well as eastbound. no issues to report. back over to you both. >> thank you, danella. it is now 5:12. 77 degrees. new concerns for apple users this morning after a hacker group starts boasting about a major heist. ahead, the unusual arrival that has crews cutting down hundre
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story from the newsroom. angie, good morning. >> eun, he opened fire in a room filled with hundreds wearing a mask and dressed in a bathrobe. right now one person is dead and a these are in the hospital. the new premier pauline marois was giving a victory speech when shots were fired. she was whisked away and not hurt. one person died and another was wounded after a gunman started shooting from the back of the auditorium. police captured the man. they say he's 50 years old but would not comment on the weapon. cameras at the event show a pistol and a rifle at the scene. now, still unclear why he did it. police don't know if marios was the direct target but becodo know the attack happened right after marios started speaking in english which is rare in an event like this. they want independence from canada and as the suspect was being driven away by police he shouted in french, the english are waking up. tensions between the french and english in quebec has proved
violent before. reporting live in the newsroom, angie goff, news4. 5:17. a former susan g. komen for the cure insider is out with a scathing account of the charity's decision to stop grants to planned parenthood. karen handel's planned bullyhood is due out next tuesday. she resigned earlier this year. her book depicts planned parenthood as a partisan organization that tried to weakweak en komen for its own agenda. handel describes the leadership as indecisive and politically naive. komen cut off grants but reversed decision after public backlash. handel called that decision to backtrack a mistake. military's elite is getting a tern warning as the book is released about a raid on osama bin laden. naif commander sent a letter to all the special operations community and warned them not to
reveal details of missions. the letter comes as the pentagon looks at legal action against the man who wrote the book "no easy day". the author claims to have detailed the raid that killed osama bin laden last year. they say the book reveals sensitive and classified information after the s.e.a.l. signed a nondisclosure agreement with the military. a hazing ritual has led to a career-ending punishment for army sergeant. disturbing video posted online shows him swinging a wooden mallet at a lower rank soldier. that soldier fell against a wall but hit his head on a chair. his father said the soldier also suffered a seizure. this happened in ft. bragg in april during an unsanctioned promotion ceremony. the sergeant has been relieved of his roles and responsibilities. if you hear helicopters buzzing your house ooze you get ready for work this week, don't be alarmed. norad is conducting exercises over d.c. region this week. the first will end in about 15
minutes or a little less than that. a flights will continue each night through friday between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. and again between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. the civil air patrol and u.s. coast guard are also taking part. in this video is angering travelers. it shows tsa agents screening passenger's drinks even after they passed through security. the person who uploaded the video to youtube said it was shot on the concourse of the columbus, ohio, airport over the weekend. one traveler who saw it happen says it was excessive. >> having someone come up to me and demand that i submit to another search without really any probable cause seems a bit much. >> the tsa says it's been randomly checking passengers' drinks at the gate for about five years. passengers who refuse the check could be banned from boarding flights. firefighters in southern california are making progress battling this fire at angeles national forest northeast of los angeles.
the fire is now 24% contained. firefighters say it could take another week before it's fully contained. the fire has burned 3600 acres in the san gabriel hahn mountains. no communities are threatened. the fire broke out sunday near a kafr ground, forcing them to evacuate during the busy labor day weekend. 400 trees in california will be sacrificed to make room for the space shuttle endeavor. the shuttle will soon make its final journey from los angeles international airport to a science park 12 miles away, but trees are in the way. a cifornia science center is d dis -- says dismanteling the shuttle or airlifting it deems impossible. they're trying to raise power lines and remove traffic signals to make room for the orbiter. they agreed to replant twice as many trees along the route once it's removed. a new study says your morning cup of coffee could help prevent neck and shoulder pain caused by long hours at the
computer. they had a group of people perform a series of computer tasks while me showers the intensity of their pain. while both groups reported discomfort those who consumed coffee before the assignment had significantly less pan than those who do not. men and women do see things differently. researchers at the city university of new york say guys' eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects while women are more per acceptive to color changes. they found that men required a slightly longer wavelength of color to experience the same shade as women and men were less able to tell the difference between hues. what would you call the color of my blouse. >> purple. >> i might say it's raspberry. >> when did that become a color. >> what do you think, veronica? >> i think that, you know, you talk about small details, why don't guys ever see the little pieces of trash on the floor. that to me is a small detail.
they never see that. walk right ove and so it continues, folks. sorry. all right. 27s out this morning in the 70s. generally throughout the area. lusby, maryland, 78 degrees. bealeton virginia, 70. at the bus stop this morning, it's going to be a little wet. small detail? no, big detail that you want to remember. that is to take along the umbrella this morning. 72 to 77 degrees. humidity still high. and it will be all through the day. even, i think, when the weather front passes through as still some humidity. it's not going to drop until a second front comes through. that's going to be this weekend. so behind me, your future weather. early this morning at 7:00 a.m., again, the showers are coming in about 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. could be getting some thunderstorms. some ones around noontime today. especially areas south that had the storms yesterday. we're going to see this front, i think, move quickly. still some leftover showers at
4:00. i don't think it's going to completely clear the area until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. this evening. we will see skies clear and a little bit of fog form by tomorrow morning. now, temperatures are going to be dropping back down to the 70s overnight. still some unsettled weather around the area tomorrow with a 30% chance of scattered showers on thursday. it's heat, too, that's going to start building on thursday. for friday, too, with what looks like now, quiet conditions. highs in the low 90s. for this afternoon, though, areas of rain, some heavy. we could get those downpours, 84 to 89 degrees. your evening, 75 to 81 as we clear out. here's that four-day forecast. a look at the early part of next week. 912 on thursday. 78 next monday. danella? >> thanks. let's kick off our first4 traffic report in virginia. southbound gallows road at arlington boulevard, crash there blocking the left lane and left shoulder lane. dulles toll road looks nice and
clear. no issues to report as you travel towards the beltway. and here's a live look. i'll give you a travel speed. as you make your way from hunter mill road to the beltway, 58 miles per hour eastbound. not bad. that's just six minutes. and taking a look at the beltway right now. live look at the interchange as you approach the interchange. in fact, from the dulles toll road making your way to the interchange. that's not bad either. 63 miles per hour. that drive just taking 13 minutes. back in ten with another look at your traffic. aaron and eun, back over to you. the technology world buzzing that apple may soon unveil a new iphone maybe next wednesday. yesterday the company released this cryptic invite to a news conference that reads, it's almost here, and includes a 12, for september 12th. take a closer look here, the shadow from the 12 is actually a 5 which leads a lot of people to speculate the apple reveal iphone 5. they expect the new device will have a faster processor and bigger screen. a packing group says it has
millions of iphone and ipad id numbers but the fed says this is likely a hoax. it says it hacked 12 million apple device id frz an fbi computer. the numbers are used when you download from itunes. a federal law enforcement official tells nbc news there is no evidence the fbi requested that data from apple. they say a list posted by anti-sec allege led i hacked numbers may be employed to steal that. sex abuse scandal surrounding former penn state coach jerry sandusky has cost the school nearly $17 million. the university posted the expenses related to the case on their website. nearly $10 million has been spent on internal investigations, $4 million on legal fees, and a million more on other costs. $2 million has been spent on defending former president and vice president gary shultz, and athletic director tim curly. sandusky was convicted in june of sexually abusing ten boys over 15 years. he is awaiting sentencing. 5:25.
nats fans you might want to start loob looking into ordering playoff tickets now. >> and a drive to left. morse turns one way and the ball is right there for him. the nats have done it again. >> they lead the braves by 7 1/2 games. the braves lost to the rockies, 6-0. this is the nationals largest first place lead of the season. they also still have the best record in all of baseball. he doesn't even have an nfl start under he's belt yet but one teammate is already very impressed with robert griffin iii. josh morgan tells website on tap that rg3 is as fast as a michael vick make throws like peyton manning and reads defenses like tom brady. he is humble and gracious on and off the field. he plays against the new orleans saints at 1:00. don't miss the kickoff of the nfl season tonight.
reining super bowl champs will take on the dallas cowboys. two of our rivals. you can catch the showdown right here on nbc4. >> good game. time is 5:27. coming up, making her case to keep president obama in office. what first lady michelle obama told the american people. plus, how you will soon be able to honor neil armstrong here in the district. showers are moving through the district. a look at how they might impact your morning.
looking at the headlines making stories right now at 5:30. right now at least one person is dead after someone starts shooting at a campaign victory celebration in montreal. a former olympic figure skater is behind bars in maryland accused of sexual abuse. first lady michelle obama tells voters across america why they need to give her husband four more years. we'll have much more throughout the morning but, first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gill vis. i welcome back to "news4 today" on this wednesday, september 5th. rain once again in the forecast today. now d.c. water has one solution to stop a constant flooding problem in the bloomingdale neighborhood. the agency is asking residents to install a backflow preventer.
the device keeps water from the main sewer lines from gushing into homes. d.c. water says it will rebate most of the installation costs up to $3,000. the agency will have a public meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 at its bryant street pumping station in northwest. 5:31. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team4 meteorologist here to tell us whether or not those neighbors should be considered about flooding today. we have a better chance of rain today than we've had over the last two previous days. exclamation mark behind the forecast we've been talking about. showers for the morning, showers and storms for the afternoon. the showers for the morning is from that line sitting back outside of western maryland right now in an areas of west virginia. i'm thinking mid morning we're going to see that make its way eastward and into our area. so right now still west of i-81. partly cloudy sky right now. but that's going to change to a mostly cloudy sky. there's the rain again. that line extends down to the
south. so it's not going to really clear our area until we get to about 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. 70s to a high today of 88. mid afternoon, already some heavy rain coming in. danella? >> right now still checking out things in virginia because seeing a multivehicle accident as you make your way southbound on gallows road. this is that arlington boulevard. crash there is in the left lane as well as the left shoulder lane. let's head over to i-66 heading eastbound. inbound toward the beltway there you're going to see a disabled vehicle just near the rest area. it is blocking your right lane past this on i-66. things look good. inside the beltway on i-66, no accidents to report in either direction. aaron, back over to you. democrats gearing up for day two of the democratic national convention in charlotte. former president bill clinton will be the featured speaker tonight. clinton has been one of president obama's most vocal supporters this election year. maryland senator and maryland congressman steny hoyer and chris van holland expected to
address the crowd, as is this woman, sandra fluke, the georgetown university law student who made national headlines when rush limbaugh insulted her for supporting a plan to require insurance companies to cover birth control. tomorrow's addresses come after an emotional speech by first lady michelle obama. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from charlotte with more. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. good morning, everyone. a lot of times these addresses are written by speech writers but aides say these were michelle obama's ideas and her words. she had very specific ideas about what she wanted to say. and she talked about a lot of things, a large part of the beginning of her speech was about her background, her husband's background, their families, the struggles of their families and how that really shaped his outlook on the decisions that he has to make. a large portion of her speech was directed very specifically at women.
>> he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. no, that's not how he was raised. he cared that it was the right thing to do. so in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political, they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> reporter: critics are saying there was too much focus on the social issues and not enough on the economy. aaron? >> tracie potts live for news charlotte. this morning many people are also talking about the speech maryland governor martin o'malley gave. he blamed republicans for creating this country's economic crisis and he warns that a romney presidency will only create more problems, especially for the middle class. >> instead of investing in america, they hide their money in swiss bank accounts and ship
our jobs to china. swiss bank accounts never built an american bridge. swiss bank accounts never put cops on the streets or teachers in our classrooms. governor romney, just because you bank against the united states of the america, doesn't mean the rest of us are willing to sell her out. >> many people believe o'malley is considering a run for president four years from now. virginia governor bb mcdonnell will also be in charlotte today. he is expected to campaign today and tomorrow near the convention site. mcdonnell is one of the mitt romney's active surrogates. o'malley spent last week in tampa during the republican national convention. vice president biden was supposed to be there but canceled because of hurricane isaac. 5:35. paul ryan spending this week stumping for votes in battleground states. the republican vice presidential nominee campaigned yesterday in ohio and iowa. he accused president obama of
breaking his prime minister misto improve the economy. mitt romney keeping a low profile this week in new england prepare for his upcoming debates the w. the president. jim vance and tom sherwood is in shar loot this week bringing you live reports today and tomorrow evening right here on news4. a public memorial service will be held for neil armstrong here in washington. it will be held at the national cathedral next thursday at 10:00 a.m. it will be held live on nasa tv. armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. he died late last month from complications from heart surgery. i w he was 82. driver ms. montgomery county will have a few more days before a construction project closes a busy road in downtown bethesda. they will close woodmont avenue between bethesda avenue and miller avenue on friday. it will stay closed for nearly two years. two high rises and an underground parking garage will go up on what used to be one of the biggest parking lots in the area. to help deal with the
congestion, they're adding circulator buses and convert long-term parking spaces to hourly spaces. developers want to turn the chevy chase lake complex to a town center with apartment building, retail, and open space. jones bridge road and east west highway is getting mixed reviews. >> i think it's actually going to be a detriment to the community. we already have so much traffic as it is. it's just going to xser bait it and make it so much worse than it already is. >> the community sees that this is an opportunity for new development. as you can see, you know, there is an opportunity here. i think that we can make this a great gateway to the community. >> the redevelopment is part of a master plan that includes metro's purple line. it would run from chevy chase bethesda to the new carrollton metro station. they still need to approve the plan before the community can be rezoned. 5:37. a developing story out of
maryland. the accusations that have a former olympic figure skater behind bars. also ahead, the life-saving actions of one homeowner after an unexpected guest dropped by his house. and another day of rain as you get ready to head out the door. storm team4 meteorologist storm team4 meteorologist veronica johnson has t
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welcome back. here's something you have to see a p driver in his 80s crashed his car through a fence and into his neighbor he's pool in massachusetts. the homeowner heard the crash and ran tout to help. he pulled the driver out of the car as it was sinking. the driver is okay. he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the crew had to come in and remove the car. >> apparently it was a pretty -- he hit a couple of things, a tree, a house, electrical box coming through. just lost control of the car in his own driveway. lucky to be alive. >> indeed. the neighbor act we as quickly as he did was amazing. 5:41 is our time. and we're looking at 77 degrees outside our studios. veronica johnson is keeping an eye on who you can expect today. >> that's right. not much in the way of showers right now but we're going to see some moving in before long. we've got a little light shower there just east of savage and north of deal around anne
arundel county. more to the west. hometown forecast, rockville, maryland, 76 starting out. 83 by noon with showers and storms. some of them heavy. wet weather, heavy downpours coming our way. finally that rain should end about 7:00 or 8:00. still checking out issues in our area. outer loop of the beltway, the off ramp to gallows road on that ramp, the left lane is blocked by the accident there. also still seeing southbound gallows road at arlington boulevard. left lane is blocked by the multivehicle accident in that area. and this time if you're taking the beltway inner loom of the beltway as you make your way towards kenoworth avenue, disabled vehicle is there. 77 degrees. new concerns for people in a popular d.c. neighborhood after another violent attack. the actions of a local the actions of a local lawmaker that has one f
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i'm angie goff in the newsroom with breaking news. hundreds of afghan soldiers linked to insurgents have been detained or dismissed. this according to the defense ministry. now, those expelled were because of discrepancies in paperwork or missing information. this after an alarming number of, quote, insider, end quote, attacks continue to cause tension between the afghan people and their allies. nato officials have mad strong concern over these attacks recently. if you just look at the numbers, 45 nato force troops, including 15 in the last month alone, have been killed. and keep in mind there were 35 total in all of last year. a spokesman for the defense ministry says president hamid karzai has ordered afghan forces to find ways to stop shethese insider attacks. investigation into these attacks started six months ago and just this past weekend news4 reported that the u.s. suspended training the new recruits of the local
afghan policelonghe spike in numbs. we'll continue to follow this breaking news, but forno angie goff reporting live in the newsroom. back to you. a figure skating coach who competed in the 1988 olympics in calgary behind bars this morning in maryland. we have the exclusive new details on the sex abuse allegations that landed him in trouble. we're talking about 50-year-old genrich sretenski who teaches in laurel. they say the charges stem from an incident in lake placid last september. the city is a mecca for figure skating training and competitions. news4 spoke exclusively with his wife and lawyer. they say the students support their coach and the charges will be fault. >> there's a forceable touching charge, first degree sexual offense charge, third degree sexual offense charge. >> they could not believe those allegations and they fully support. they're going to be behind us. >> sretenski will be held in the
howard county jail until an extradition hearing later today. right now al xanexandri xae are asked to help find a missing man. short suffers from dementia and needs daily medication. he was reportedly on his way to virginia hospital center in arlington. police say he may be somewhere in the gainesville area of prince william county trying to find a relative. short may be driving a 2006 silver or green honda crv with virginia plates kbk-6001. anyone with information about short or his car should contact police. d.c. police are stepping up patrols in the capitol hill area of two similar attacks. they were both robbed and beaten on north carolina avenue. the first victim was found on the porch of a house last month. police believe 29-year-old was going door to door looking for help. the second victim was attacked by two men but not seriously hurt. police who live in the area say
the crimes have them worried. >> you assume when you move here that it's a nice area. you can see the capitol building. i've had plenty of discussions with people i work with because we're all out at night and we should be able to walk home and not have to worry about being attacked. i think it's really insane in this area, the amount of crime that's been happening lately. >> police reviewing surveillance video taking less than a half hour after the first attack and shows three men inside a car at a gas station who could be connected to the crimes. a family is now making funeral plans for a fallen soldier from virginia. the department of defense says staff sergeant jonathan schmidt and his unite came under fire in eastern afghanistan. 28-year-old and soldier from texas died in the attack. staff sergeant shift was from petersburg, virginia, and stationed at ft. bragg, north carolina. maryland navy s.e.a.l. killed in afghanistan will be laid to rest at arlington national cemetery today. flags are flown at half staff across maryland in honor of
metity officer first class patrick. he died in a blackhawk helicopter crash in afghanistan last month. he leaves behind a wife and parchlts. this morning the maryland student accuse of opening fire on the first day of school is charged with nine counts of attempted murder. the 17-year-old special needs student was critically wounded and is still in the hospital. the suspect, 15-year-old, is charged as an adult. he used an antique shotgun to open fire in the cafeteria at perry hall high school in baltimore county last month. in alexandria, city councilman waking up after a decisive special election win. rop krupicka earned 75% of the vote to win the seat for the 45th district covering alexandria, arlington, and fairfax. mcghee came in with 20%. krupicka will replace england who stepped down. only 15% of active voters turned out for the election.
mitt romney's chances of winning in virginia come november could be threatened by another republican. the common wealth's board of elections ruled that virgil jr. is eligible to be on the presidential ballot. a libertarian and a green party candidate were also allowed on. but goud has a long history in virginia politic and even if he earns 2% or 3% in november it could swing the state in president obama's favor. the state republican party challenging his el jilt and has accused him of petition fraud. 5:51. a u.s. congressman from maryland is being hailed a hero after helping a toddler on the side of the road. he saved him on route 50 a week ago. 2-year-old nathan smith's parents say they were forced to pull the car over when they noticed nathan was not breathing and turning blue. harris who is also a medical drr drove past the car and pulled over to help. he loosened the boy's jaw and allowed him to gasp for hair.
his grandfather thanked harris on his facebook page. harris replied, wishing the boy well. >> the boy apparently had a seizure in the back in the car. he was 2 years old. the doctor in this case. >> and congressman. >> knew something was not right when he drove by, circled back, and was able to help out. >> just being at the right place at the right time makes a big difference. >> glad he's okay. veronica johnson is here now to tell us about the forecast and the rain and storms. >> and storms, yeah. and over the last couple of weeks we've gotten storms scattered about. some folks pecking up the heavier storms, too. but for some, they haven't gotten much rain. so over the last 90 days believe it or not, some areas, 25 to 50% below normal rainfall. that includes western parts of d.c. and fairfax county. in the 70s now. 75, culpeper, 78 degrees. 77 degrees in leonard town. at the bus stop, mid and upper 70sthis morning. looking at wet weather that will be moving in.
take along the umbrella. the rain gear for the kids heading out. high humidity, too, around our area. let's check that radar out now. storm team4 radar. quiet here. there's your rain in winchester. that's going to be moving in for 7:00, 8:00, 9:00. seeing more and more rain develop as that weather front comes through. behind it we're going to get a little clearing during the overnight period and a little bit of fog developing, too. still a chance for some rain around our area tomorrow. your four-day forecast then for today, the high, 88. the high tomorrow, 92. some heat for the end of the week. the weekend in the 80s and cool weather next week. danella? >> thanks, veronica. first4 traffic report, still seeing the disabled vehicle slowing you down on i-66 near the rest area. it is reportedly blocking your right lane. also just in our area congestion is increasing. take a look at i-95 northbound.
toward fairfax county parkway. also on the rails. marc reporting two delays. both minor. brunswick east 890, seven-minute delay. back over the you, aaron. >> thank you, danella. today crews will be removing five large decaying trees in montgomery county. maryland state highway administration will take down those decaying elm trees along wisconsin avenue from norwood drive to cumberland avenue in chevy chase. drivers should expect lane closures between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that work should be finished by friday. while many are selling their facebook stock, mark zuckerberg says he will hang on to his for now. the founder won't sell any for the next 12 months. investors were concerned that the performance could lead to a flood of scares. and there is good reason for investors to unfriend the social
network stock since its initial public offering more than three months ago. facebook has lost $50 billion in market value. at least one analyst is blaming the company's cfo for flooding the market with more shares than it wanted and miscalculating demand. in trading yesterday, facebook reached a new low of $17.55 a share. 5:55. the justice department laying out its case against bp for its role in the gulf oil disaster. shartia brantley is live with that story and more this morning. how are you? >> i'm good, aaron. how are you? >> the justice department will reportedly seek to prove in court that gross negligence by bp caused the oil spill in the gulf in 2010. reports say government lawyers have filed a memo accusing bp of a culture of corporate recklessness as revealed in several company e-mails before the explosion on the deep water horizon rig. bp denies it and says it looks forward to defending itself in
trial in new orleans in january. get ready for gadget a loo sa. the market will flooded with other new smart phones and other devices over the next few weeks. nokia kicks things off this morning with an event in new york. it's expected to unveil the first smart phone based on microsoft's new windows software. now, this afternoon google's motorola unit takes the expected to be a new hd ddroid razr phon. it's all capped off next wednesday when apple shows us what's behind curtain number one, the new iphone 5. a lot to keep up with, guys. >> it is. thank you for staying on top of it, shartia. just before the holiday season walmart is lowering the fee for layaway program. the company will charge $5 to open up a layaway account down from $15. walmart says it made the decision based on customer feedback since it announced it would bring back the layaway program for the holiday season.
the decision follows toys russ which waived the up front service for layaway orders from now through halloween. atlanta area jeweler has come up with an unusual way to sell diamonds. >> you buy a diamond, you get a free gun. makes good sense. after a 70 plus years in business, d. gellar and son is offering a free rifle to whoever buys $2500 worth of diamonds. the jeweler says his new offer is meant to appeal to his customers who likes to hunt. in the marriage and rifle don't last, the diamond is forever. >> spoken like a true diamond seller. that's true. >> whatever it takes. get them in the door. 5:57 is our time right now. breaking news to tell you about overnight. a politician rushed off stage during her victory party when someone starts shooting what police say the suspect yelled before that. it is going to be a wet wednesday. humid and sticky out there. 77 degrees. we'll have your weather and traffic on the ones next.